• 73°

Vernon Folven, 82, Albert Lea

Funeral services for Vernon Dale Folven will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kiester. The Rev. Norman Bauer will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea, as well as one hour prior to the service at church.

Vernon Folven

Vernon Folven

Vernon Folven died on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea. He was 82 years old.

Vernon was born in rural Kiester on Feb. 28 1931. The son of Gilbert and Alma (Fure) Folven he graduated from Kiester High School was drafted in the U.S. Army. Vernon served his country from 1952 to 1960, fighting in the Korean War. On Oct. 28, 1964, he was united in marriage to Sharron Leschefske in Sioux Falls, S.D. Together they raised three children.

After marriage, Vernon and Sharron moved to Rosemount where they spent 30 years. He worked for Ford Motor Company in St. Paul, and after retirement they returned to Kiester. They owned a cabin in Burnt Shanty where he was named the president of the Fourth of July parade and made wonderful memories with the family. He was a member of the Wells VFW and Kiester Legion and loved bowling, baseball, football and playing cards. Vernon loved his family, especially the grandkids, attending any activity he could. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed.

Vernon is survived by his wife, Sharron Folven of Kiester; children, Teresa (John) Kinneberg of Owatonna, Todd (Sally) Folven of Cokato, and Colette (Michael) Lillibridge of Alden; grandchildren, Nicholas, Christopher, Elizabeth and Kathleen Kinneberg, Kyle, Jeremy, Ashley and Allison Folven, Daniel and Brady Folven and Jager Lillibridge; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Gladys Rowe of Albert Lea and Janet (Carlyle) Engebretson of Albert Lea; nieces and nephews; and other loving relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Alma; and brothers and sisters, Omer, Jim and Betty.